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Recent grants from the Whitley County Community Foundation total $94,000

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Thanks to the continued generosity of Whitley County residents who utilize the Community Foundation for their charitable giving, over $94,000 in grants were awarded to local community projects and non-profit organizations in December. While some residents have chosen to establish permanent endowment funds for lasting good within the Community Foundation, others simply donate with the message "Use my gift where it will do the most good." Gifts can range from $5 to $5,000 and beyond, but they are all pooled for the betterment of Whitley County. To make funding decisions, the Foundation relies on local residents who comprise a volunteer Grants Committee. This group meets to review applications and make recommendations to the Foundation's Board of Directors. The Community Foundation proudly announced the following grants for the second half of 2018:

Camp Steam Ahead, $8,500 to support the Columbia City summer camp that engages local youth in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Made possible in part by the Scientific & Regulatory Consultants Community Fund and the Dekko Enhancement Fund.

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, $5,000 to offset the costs of nutritional supplements, medical equipment and other needs for Whitley County residents who are battling cancer. This grant was made possible in part by the Shirley Gates Fund.

The Center for Whitley County Youth, $5,000 to assist in fundraising efforts at the annual charity cook-off which supports the important programs made available to local teens. Made possible in part by the Gary and Ann Dillon Community Fund.

Churubusco Community Childcare Center, $7000 to assist the non-profit childcare center to update facilities for their students. Made possible in part by the Donna K. Harl Fund.

Churubusco Main Street, $3,000 toward the purchase of downtown light fixtures. Made possible in part by the Jack & Judy Moore Community Fund.

Churubusco Parks, $12,000 to be used as matching funds; for every dollar raised to help repair the community's tennis courts, the Foundation will match $1 up to $12,000.

Helpline, $3,500 to purchase mattresses and modest furniture items as inventory for the program which provides support to families in need of simple, decent furniture. Made possible in part by the William & Barbara Overdeer Community Fund.

Impact Center, $1,500 to purchase an outdoor shed for storage needed to support the food pantry's work. This grant was made possible thanks to the Jean and Roger Long Unrestricted Fund.

Mad Anthony's Children's Hope House, $5,000 to offset the costs of Whitley County families who need overnight accommodations to stay near their children who are hospitalized at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Made possible in part by the Tim & Beth Bloom Community Fund.

Mission 25, $20,000 to assist in the costs of housing and support services offered to homeless residents in Whitley County. Made possible in part by the Greg & Ann Fahl Community Fund, the Don & Jane Langeloh Community Fund; and the Ferber Family Fund.

National Inventor's Hall of Fame, $4,000 to bring Camp Invention to students in South Whitley. Made possible by the Jerry Busche Community Fund.

South Whitley Area Emergency Foodbank, $500 for food inventory. This grant was made possible by the Theodore Schultz Fund.

St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, $5,138 to help supplement their jail ministry which includes an aftercare program for inmates. Made possible by the Clark Waterfall, DVM, Community Fund and

Whitley County Farmer's Market, $5,000 for the double bucks program that allows participants in federal food programs to double the value of their purchase for healthy vegetables. Made possible in part by the Don & Sharlene Berkshire Community Fund.

Whitley County Probation, $2,100 to assist in the purchase of bullet proof vests for probation officers. Made possible by The Honorable Phil M. & Honorable Patricia A. McNagny Community Fund.

Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana, $7,100 to offset costs of volunteer training made possible in part by the Andy & Toni More Community Fund.

When donors make gifts to the Community Foundation, the dollars are never spent. Every penny in invested and the earnings are used to make grants such as the ones listed above. That means that gifts made to the Foundation will be making grants now, next year and 100 years from now. All gifts are tax deductible. To learn more about giving through the Community Foundation, call 260-244-5224.

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